Treating the Bass Line as a Second Melody

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You’ve got a great melody and a chord progression that works. So what can you do to add life to your song? Activate the bass line. Making the bass line do something other than just sitting on the chord root gives life to that aspect […]

How Do You Measure Songwriting Success?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: There are many possible yardsticks for determining your success as a songwriter. For writers of hit songs, success is how many recordings you sell. But there are different ways to measure success. Sales are a big determining factor with most songwriters. It explains why so […]

Yes, You Can Learn a Lot by Studying BAD Songs

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Years ago, when I was studying at university to become a music teacher, it was a requirement to visit many different schools and observe the teachers of music programs in action. I kept a journal of those visits so that I could read about my […]

Designing the Energy Level of your Song

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: When writing songs, the most important aspect of energy to realize is that it isn’t a constant force; it changes from moment to moment. It’s a bit like the wind in that respect. On a windy day, we usually can notice that the wind speed […]

Will Using a Chord Progression Formula Make Your Song Boring?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Did you know that chord progressions are not protected by copyright? That’s mainly because, try as you might, you can’t find an original progression. And if you can, it probably stinks. 😉 Not because you can’t write good progressions, but the good ones have likely […]

Darius Rucker's "It Won't Be Like This For Long" – Why it Works

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article called “Writing Good Songs – The Predictability Factor,” and in that essay I mentioned that there needs to be an ideal balance between elements that are predictable and elements that are innovative.  “It Won’t Be Like […]